Slimming For Vacation Travel – Part 1

Rasberries - To Slim or not to Slim?To slim or not to slim – is that the question?

There’s so much to do when we’re getting ready for a big trip. Passport in order? Flights? Lodging (if you book ahead)? The black hole of online recommendations, tips, and recent traveler experiences, which may swallow you whole?

If it’s 2 or 3 weeks before your departure – forget it. A quick, extreme diet may make you feel tired or unwell – and who needs that at the cusp of an amazing travel experience?

Got more time?

Then here’s what you should consider:

  1. Why do you want to lose the weight?  I’m all for vanity – and if your last set of vacation snaps made you avert your eyes and groan inwardly every time you turned up, best of luck. Let’s not spoil a great trip with feelings of dread and loathing when the photos are shared. Other reasonably worthwhile concerns: Your health? Tolerating a hot climate? Having more energy? Feeling good? Knowing why helps in the motivation department.
  2. Are you ready to be creative? Your trip deadline may be a great motivator. But, if you stick with the methods and mindset that have failed you in the past, let’s face it – you’re shooting yourself in the foot before you even begin.
  3. How much do you want to lose? 
  4. Is this a realistic goal? (If you’re like 99% of people on the planet, this would probably be a no.)
Let’s try looking at this scenario with new eyes. Especially if you’ve had little success slimming in the past, I suggest:
  1. Treat this next trip, and your weight loss efforts in the weeks before it, as a trial run. Experiment. Practice looking at weight loss with new eyes and playing around with different strategies. Don’t expect to get it all right, be kinder to yourself than you think you should be, decide what a modest success would look like for you and celebrate it, and don’t make the number on the scale the only measure of your success.
  2.  Focus on your energy and how you feel. Eating lighter and less will boost your energy. How perfect! More energy – just in time for a big trip! What will you do with all that extra energy?
  3. Hear this: as you move towards your 40s and beyond, weight ISN’T everything you think it is. Many adults lose up to 3-5% of their total muscle each decade after age 30 unless they work to maintain it. Losing weight without exercising can accelerate this and increase the ratio of fat to muscle in your body. What this means: Making sure you’re strong and doing things to encourage your muscle to stick around is REALLY REALLY important, and doubly so when you’re actively trying to lose weight. You’re going to need those muscles to carry luggage and go on walking tours and hike up those 1000 year old stone steps and stabilize your joints as you do all these things. Plus, muscle burns more calories than fat – as you lose muscle, it gets harder to lose weight. Don’t lose sight of this on your quest to drop 10.

 

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